I have always carried my travel iron with no problems. It is a Sunbeam. To me it is alot safer than an open flame to lite a cigarette. Justt remember to unplug the dang thing. I always leave it out and the steward never touches it. I refuse to wear wrinkled clothes.
travel irons are a no-no. They are a fire hazzard. Travel steamers are ok. I think that there is a self-service laundry with iron on each passenger deck. Wrinkle reducer sprays work very well, as does hanging your clothes in the bathroom and turning on the shower to full -hot- shut the door and steam your clothes.
I belive that the main reason irons are not allowed is because of scorched & burned towels, bed linens, carpets and countertops in the cabins. If you left your iron on by mistake and the ships movement knocked it over, it could start a fire.
Mine is a travel iron but also a steamer and I would never leave home without it. The thought of wrinkled clothes when you are trying to look nice just isn't right. You can always use the laundry/dry cleaning services on the ship I don't believe they are very expensive.
I used to bring a steam iron until my son burned himself with it. Now Downy's Wrinkle Release spray goes everywhere with me and gets used at home daily. Best stuff out there, a lot faster and easier to use too!
I bought a travel iron from wal mart before we left. Funny but the smaller travel irons are more expensive than the regular irons. Mine cost 18 bucks. Even funnier was the fact that I didn't need it. My stuff came out fairly un-wrinkled as I packed our formal/dinner clothing in my garment bag. Buy yourself a good garment bag instead of a travel iron.
My cabin attended told us in her little "welcome" speech that travel irons are discouraged onboard but if you brought one please be careful with it.
I heard that a travel iron doesn't heat up like a regular iron, and it is those which are verboten. I have one that attaches on the hairdryer bottom, pretty clever. I know the dhip has a hair dryer, but I like to sit at the dressing table. I've yet to use my iron, however -- generally the shower/steam treatment works.
I guess I don't get it. The ships have irons for us to use. Why take up space in your luggage with something that they already provide? Plus if you pack right, you won't need an iron. My husband's tuxedo and shirts come out of the suitcase just fine and those are the most wrinkle prone things we travel with.
The only ships I've been on in recent years that irons available to the public are on Carnival. Some of the others may have washer/dryers available but I've not seen a non-CCL iron in many years. Pack your clothes in dry cleaning bags and it will prevent wrinkling. What causes the wrinkles are clothes rubbing against one another. Be sure to use bags without writing on them if they will be next to light colored clothing. Tissue paper will work also but dry cleaning bags are easier to use.
We were on the Sun Princess last year and they have a coin operated laundry room with irons and ironing boards. This was so nice. I don't think RCL has this feature at all, which would be nice, especially if they don't want you bringing your own. I do pack a travel iron with me, rules or no rules.